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The Church of

St. Michael &

St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
314.721.1502 p
314.721.4670 f

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"Living Christ In This World"
April 10 - 15, 2012
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Honor, Brooke, Katherine Mathews, Trace, Victoria and Ava signing as they sing in St. George's Chapel.  
Preaching Rota
   Rev. Jo Bailey Wells
    April 15  The Rev. Jo Bailey Wells
    April 22  The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.
    April 29  The Rt. Rev. G. Wayne Smith
Twenty five years ago this month, our rector, Andrew Archie was ordained to the priesthood. In recognition of this anniversary, the Rev. Jo Bailey Wells will be the preacher at the 9:15 and 11:15 AM liturgies. Join us in the Great Hall to celebrate this milestone immediately following the 9:15 AM liturgy.
Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum will not meet this week. It will resume next week. 


Faith & Life Forum  

The Faith & Life Forum, led by John Tyler, meets each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Sverdrup Room. The Forum will not meet this Sunday, but will resume on April 22 to begin a new series titled "Faith in Action According to James."

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Giving in Generosity
Holy Week by the numbers:
Here at The Church of St. Michael and St. George we celebrate this week of weeks with solemn richness and reverence. Thanks to your pledge, we were able to provide a week of beautiful music and liturgies for over 2,000 adults and children.  
If you have yet to make a pledge and wish to do so, you will find pledge cards in the pews or in the Narthex and Great Hall. Each and every pledge is needed. At this time we have received pledges from 385 households. They have pledged $1,782,260. The goal is $2,000,000. Thank you for your pledge.
This Week
Tuesday, April 10
Steak & Stories
6 PM    Great Hall
Our Speaker is Esley Hamilton. Esley is the Preservation Historian for St. Louis County Parks. The topic will be "The History of the Wydown-Forsyth Neighborhood." Esley will talk about how the area was developed, its unique architecture, and famous people who have lived in the neighborhood.

Saturday, April  14
Spring Service Day
Join the YM and sort food at the St. Louis Foodbank. Meet at CSMSG at 9:15 AM. Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic at Shaw Park afterwards. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org. Family, friends and mentors welcome! We will meet at church. Pick-up will be at Shaw Park.

Sunday, April 15
Race to Church
Due to the St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 15, there will be street closings and traffic delays. Forsyth, N. Forsyth, Delmar and Forest Park Avenue will all be closed. Please plan your route to church accordingly so that you won't be "running" late for the liturgy. For more information:

Guest Preacher: The Rev. Jo Bailey Wells
Rev. Jo Bailey WellsThe Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells is currently Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Bible at Duke Divinity School. She is a priest of the Church of England who has experience in several provinces of the Anglican Communion -- most recently as annual visiting teacher in the five theological colleges of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Previously she was OT tutor at Ridley Hall, and Dean of Clare College, in Cambridge, UK.
Her teaching and writing focuses on Old Testament themes and their relevance for ministry. Her books include God's Holy People: A Theme in Biblical Theology (Sheffield, 2000) and Isaiah in the People's Bible Commentary series (BRF, 2006). She enjoys devotional writing, seeking to bring the fruits of biblical scholarship to a wider audience within the Church and through the arts. Even more, she enjoys the 'people' part of spiritual formation -- helping people to discern God and God's word, and embrace them most fully.
Jo is married to a priest and writer, Sam Wells. They have two children. Later this spring they will be returning to the UK, where Sam is to take up a post at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

Upcoming Events    

Tuesday, April 17Book discussion sketch
Book Discussion:
Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Man

Daniel C. Williamson will lead a discussion of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In this great Bildungsroman, a young man's life is formed by the divergent forces of lust, religion, art, politics and ambition. Discussions will take place on April 17, 24, May 1 and 8 in the Sverdrup Room. Download flyer.

Saturday, April 21
Sandwich Making-Hunger Ministry
All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the FOCUS and Centenary Food Ministry clients. This month we'll be meeting on April 21 in the Taylor Room. Bring a friend. Come join in meeting this ever- growing need for our community.

Nicaraguan girls

Friday, April 27
Nicaraguan Dinner and Auction
Please join the World Service Mission Ministry in supporting the successful Christian missionary efforts of Nour and Carolyn Sirker in Managua, Nicaragua to serve these wonderful children and desperately poor people.

RSVP today for the Nicaraguan Dinner Auction at Windows Off Washington. Go to http://www.csmsg.org   to download the invitation and RSVP cards.
Entrance to columbarium Columbarium Reconsecration Liturgy
The restoration and expansion of the Page Garden columbarium is complete.  Take a peek outside if you haven't seen it yet. To celebrate this important milestone, the parish is invited to a special liturgy of reconsecration and Holy Eucharist, in the Page Garden, on Friday, May 25, 2012, at 6 PM.
The next morning we will begin re-interring the urns from the lockers to the niches. That process will continue on subsequently until complete. Following completion of the re-interrment, the lockers in the cloister hallway will be removed.
The refurbished columbarium tangibly embodies our Christian confidence that we are surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses", as well as the unity between the church militant (those Christians alive now) and the church triumphant (those who have gone before). And importantly, it symbolizes our Christian hope in bodily resurrection. We are excited that it has been finished in this, the parish's centennial year!
Come celebrate at the reconsecration service on Friday, May 25 at 6 PM! Reservations for the service are not necessary, but if you know you are coming, please call the church at 314.721.1502.  
Looking for Volunteers
Flower Guild
The Flower Guild is looking for volunteers to assist with displaying the flowers on the altar and special events for the upcoming year. This is a fun way to get to know the women of the parish. If you're interested in learning more, please call Judy Kouchoukos at 314.997.1614 or antiquedoll@aol.com.

Wanted: 8 AM Greeter

We are looking for friendly people to be a greeter at Sunday 8 AM liturgies. Please call Patricia Johnson at 314.721.2881 for more information.


The CSMSG Girls Choirchoir practice at CSMSG

The CSMSG Girls Choir is still accepting new members, ages 9-18, to sing throughout this choral season concluding in May of 2012.  Contact Christi Bye now for more information by email at cbye@csmsg.org or by contacting her at church at 314.721.1502, ext. 4043.
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CSMSG Centennial Celebration 
Photos and stories needed for our Centennial photo contest. Contact the church if you have something to share!  

Pew Rental? 
In 1913, pews at our church were rented! Stop by the niche located down the hall from the receptionist's desk to find out how much your favorite pew rented for. Let's hope the stewardship committee doesn't get any ideas! 
Church School Happenings
George plays with model of Jerusalem
Church School resumes on Sunday, April 15.  We will be collecting the M&M tubes in the two chapel services.  Remember, the money collected will help The Learning Tree buy a playground!  Our goal is $500.


  Youth group at recent service project

High School Seniors and Parents: The Youth Ministry is collecting information in preparation for our High School Senior Recognition. Please send this information back by mail or e-mailing to youth@csmsg.org. We also ask that you please include a photo of your senior for our Senior Poster. You may let us know of your college choice whenever you decide!  


SAVE-THE-DATE: HS Senior Recognition -- Sunday, May 13 in the 9:15 AM service. 
LIVE FEED...Service: Inspired by the life and example of St. Francis of Assisi will resume on April 15 and will run from 4-5:30 PM. Make plans now to join Buzz Matthews and Isaac Arten to talk about ways that YOU can serve our St. Louis community! Yes, we DO sign for service hours! Buzz is coordinating a group to serve dinner at FOCUS on Sunday, April 15. E-mail Buzz@csmsg.org to sign up. 
Spring Service Day will be Saturday, April 14. Join the YM and sort food at the St. Louis Foodbank. Meet at CSMSG at 9:15 AM. Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic at Shaw Park afterwards. RSVP now to youth@csmsg.org. Family, friends and mentors welcome! We will meet at church; pick-up will be at Shaw Park.

YM Leadership Team Meeting
will be held in the Sverdrup Room on Wednesday, April 11 from 12:30-2 PM. RSVP to youth@csmsg.org.

High School Mission Trip payments and forms are due at this time. E-mail youth@csmsg.org if you have questions about your balance or need to set up a payment plan. There is still time to sign up to participate on this trip, but we ask that you contact the YM staff now if you are interested, or know another person who is interested in attending.Our 2012 High School Mission Trip is to to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1. Current 8th-12th graders are invited to join our HS mission team. We are traveling by train! E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up. Deadline is Friday, April 27. 

Middle School Mission Week June 11-15:
Make plans now for your 5th-8th grader to participate in local service opportunities. Cost is $50 for the week. Friends are WELCOME!
Download MS Mission Week brochure    

2012 High School Mission Trip: Current 8th-12th graders are invited to join our HS mission team as we travel by train to Monument Valley, Utah, June 21-July 1.  E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up or for more information.

Look for your copy of our new Youth Ministry E-Newsletter each week! If you have not received this yet, please e-mail Buzz at Buzz@csmsg.org with your current e-mail address.


Fishin' for Folk

Church 'business cards' are available in the Great Hall and Narthex. Look for the flower pots. Please plant a card in a friend's hand and let them know about all the great things happening here.


Forward this e-letter to your friends!



Adult Formation 

Join Fr. Fox for Bible Study on Mondays

6:30 PM    Library

The Bible--It's big, it's complex and sometimes even a little frightening. You need someone to study alongside, someone to share the load of understanding the story of God's continued work of renewing the world. Come and study with Fr. Jed and other parishioners of St. Michael & St. George as they pursue this endeavor most Mondays in the Library at 6:30 PM.      

Outreach Ministries

KID's/ECM Birthday Party
Please join us for a fun evening with the children in detention. The next KID's/ECM birthday party will be on Friday, April 13. We meet at the County Juvenile Detention Center at 501 S. Brentwood at 5:45 PM. We will be finished by 7:45 PM. Anyone over 18 can volunteer to help, and you must have started the process of applying for a background check. The forms are available from Alice at the Reception Desk.  Please call Mary Kay Digby at 314.436.3545 or Peggy Strelinger 314.721.1502 if you have any questions.

Nicaragua Auction Items Needed
Items for auction are needed for the Dinner-Auction being held on Friday, April 27, to benefit the Nicaragua Mission Trip 2012. Please show support for this valuable ministry by considering a donation to the auction. Items needed include restaurant gift certificates, baseball tickets, Muny tickets, Fox tickets, dinner parties, gift items, Symphony tickets etc....  Contact Carroll Stribling at 314.533.0008 or Peggy Strelinger at 314.721.1502 to receive a donation form.

The Nicaragua Donation Box Has Moved!
Donations for the Nicaragua Mission Trip can be dropped off at the wall closet across from the church library. Look for marked boxes inside. 

A wish list of needed items for this year's trip is posted on the Faith and Action bulletin board. Be a part of the mission trip by donating items to the second suitcases carried by the mission volunteers to Nicaragua.
Items needed include:
Children's Vitamins/Tylenol
Travel Size Toiletries
Socks  Size 5-Adult (Girls-White socks)  (Boys Navy/Black Socks) 
Underwear (briefs only)  Size 5-Adult
School supplies
Educational Toys   Gently used/new
Books (Spanish only)  Gently used/new


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Altar Flowers  

Please consider giving flowers in celebration of a special event, in honor or in memory of a loved one. Order forms are available near the receptionist and Wydown narthex.   


Please Note

The correct version of Phoebe Pettingell's Duo article is on the CSMSG website http://www.csmsg.org/main/duo-magazine.html  


Birth Announcements Needed

Please contact Debbie Fenner at debbie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 when there is a birth in the church family, so we can properly welcome the new baby into the parish.


CSMSG Pre-primary Enrollment

We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 18-24 months on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM and 2-3 years on Monday through Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM. We are also offering a five-morning schedule for both classes. Our programs are taught by a degreed teacher and have proven quite successful since their inception. For more information, call Carol at 314.721.1502.

CSMSG Pre-primary program

The Servers' Guild   

The Servers' Guild provides a unique opportunity for students from 6th through 12th grades to participate in the Sunday liturgies and gain a deeper appreciation for our traditions and style of worship. If you would like to join a group of young people who are dedicated to enhancing the worship experience at CSMSG, contact Fr. Mike Wheeler.

Altar Guild  
We invite you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member of the Altar Guild. This ministry is dedicated to the service of God by lovingly preparing the altars. Many hands are needed, weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Betsy Panke: 314.993.6487 or
Altar guild women preparing for Sunday

Valet Parking

Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being provided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!